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Scarlet Percher Dragonfly - Diplacodes haematodes

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This page contains information and pictures about Scarlet Percher Dragonflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 
 
Male, Body length 35mm
 
The mature male Scarlet Percher has the red eyes, red face, red thorax and red abdomen. There are no markings on their abdomen. There are also the reddish suffusions on the wing bases. 
 
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Female. body length 35mm
 
This female dragonfly look different form the male. It is pale yellow in colour with black patterns on abdomen. There are the smoky yellowish-brown areas near the tip of wings. This is a good example of the sexual dimorphism among dragonflies.  
 
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They are common in Brisbane, can be found on all type of fresh water habitats, but more abundant in fast running rocky creeks.  
 
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This dragonfly likes to perch on creek stone or sand bed, as most other dragonflies will not do.
 
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There is another small red dragonfly common in Brisbane, the Wandering Percher, may be confused with them. 
 
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They lay eggs in tandem, the female dips her end of abdomen into the water quickly.
 
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Photo : Travis Hargreaves, Perth
Scarlet Percher is common in Brisbane, Queensland. Our visitor Travis Hargreaves sent us the about picture and told us that the dragonfly can also be found in Perth, West Australia. It was photographed in bushland near Helena Valley East of Perth, early December.
 
Male Scarlet Percher Dragonfly wings
 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p245.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p90.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p276. 

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Last updated: March 01, 2008.